We stayed at the restored 4 star Barons Hotel in Tallinn Old Town for five nights in March 2011. Karen found the best rate through the HotelsCombined price comparison site on the Thomas Cook site for £67.40 per night for a twin room for 2 guests (as Thomas Cook had a £30 off bookings over £300 at that time). The price included buffet breakfast, afternoon coffee with pastries, buffet dinner and free wifi.
It was easy to reach the hotel from the airport (5 kns distance) by bus followed by a five minute walk.The lobby and public areas were beautifully presented and the staff courteous and helpful. There are several interesting spaces in the hotel, like a cigar and cognac room reached by spiral staircase. The hotel and rooms were immaculately clean, beautifully and tastefully lit and decorated. There was free wireless internet in the lobby.
Our room was clean and nice and warm, considering the -2C temperature outside. There was adequate storage space, two desks and a mini-bar fridge. Ample hangers, soap and shampoo were provided, some nice touches (eg slippers and bathrobes) were present and the room’s own wireless access internet point was great. No password was needed, so traffic might have not been encrypted. The room was small (but high ceilinged), just adequate for 2 adults. The twin bed mattresses were somewhat on the soft side. There was a little outside noise and you could also hear some noise from the rooms next door as well as water running. The curtains did shut most of the outside light away.
The buffet-type food was included in the price of the room on a half-board basis. It was served in a very cosy restaurant on the 2nd floor with views of old city buildings all round and unique glass partitions with frost-effect figures.
The breakfast was wonderful for choice, care and quality.
The dinner was variable, with a choice of at least two main courses and free drinking water was provided. The breakfast hours (7-11am weekdays, 8-11am Sundays) were fine but dinner hours (6-8pm except Thursdays, 7-9pm) were restrictive. On one of the days we were offered an a la carte menu, both for breakfast and dinner, which was fine. In addition, there were speciality teas, coffee and cake included for guests 1-4pm in the lobby.
Our stay was over 5 nights, during which we felt that the hotel occupied a very central position, ideal for the old and new city, port, art museums and galleries, shopping, bars and restaurants as well as buses and trains all within walking distance. These and the generally very polite staff, coupled with the reasonable prices made us feel we had obtained excellent value for money. I’d recommend the Barons Hotel for a short stay in Tallinn.